- “TO BE A HEDONIST WITH BAD TASTE…” (1)
- Nick: Perhaps acquiring a taste for expensive wines is not one worth acquiring.
- ORWELL—WRITING SHOULD BE LIKE SPOKEN LANGUAGE. (1)
- Nathaniel: That’s why I can’t text. I’m too much of a writer. It pains me to leave out...
- MARSHALL MCLUHAN AND THE INTERNET. (2)
- HOW BASEBALLS ARE MADE. (2)
- Carl Davidson: Re the video on the making of baseballs, it appears that several parts of the process are done by hand...
- SMALL SAMPLES—ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH PUBLISHED ARTICLES. (2)
- Henry Nejako: Just came across this fascinating New York Magazine article about a 28-year-old graduate student,...
- UMPIRE RATINGS. (4)
- Richard C. Northrup: While watching a game on the MLB network on Wed. 4/17/13, KC vs ATL the home plate umpire...
- MY REACTIONS TO THE HAMLET COMIC STRIP—CONTEMPORARY HAMLETS. (1)
- Barb: Probably Jesus and his disciples…and various writers who shared facts or their own fiction :o) (Sitting...
- THE OLDEST FANTASY BASEBALL LEAGUE STARTS ITS 32ND SEASON. (COMMENT). (6)
- michael gallo: since 1984…..the year the first book came out..stats done by hand when the sporting news arrived
- HOW DID THE ORIOLES DO IT LAST YEAR? (1)
- Nick: And luck can also explain the strong bullpen. The Orioles’ relievers were 9th in the majors in K/BB ratio...
- COMPENSATORY ETHICS—A NEW THEORY OF ETHICS? (1)
- Serhiy: I will not say that people are endowed with different stock of virtue but rather stick to the idea: that some...
- WHAT THE IRISH ATE BEFORE THE COMING OF THE POTATO. (1)
- Barbara Michael: I believe the vegetables, other than potatoes, which could have nourished the Irish, were taken from...
- “TO BE A HEDONIST WITH BAD TASTE…” (1)
Category Archives: Science
THE 23 WORDS THAT MAY BE 15,000 YEARS OLD. This analysis in the Washington Post by Wilson Andrews and David Brown graphically presents the 23 words that researchers have identified as “ultraconserved”, having persisted approximately 15,000 years. Cognates for these … Continue reading
HOW LONG DO WORDS LAST? Lee Bryant sent me this article by David Brown in the Washington Post about the persistence of words. Researchers have taken the controversial position that they have identified 23 words that have survived for 15,000 … Continue reading
WAITING YEARS FOR A DROP OF LIQUID. I posted here in February 2012 about an experiment that had been running for 85 years to determine how viscous tar pitch is. In the 85 years, eight drops of tar pitch had … Continue reading
A BLOG THAT REPORTS ON RETRACTIONS. The article by Yudhijit Battacharjee contains a link to the Retraction Watch blog, which is devoted to reporting on scientific articles which are retracted. The number of retractions is surprising. I counted posts on … Continue reading
A PREFERENCE FOR CLEAR RATHER THAN MESSY RESULTS. The New York Times magazine (April 28) had an article by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee about Diederick Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, who published a number of fraudulent papers based on data which he … Continue reading
SPREADSHEET ERRORS (COMMENT). In a comment on this post, Henry Nejako pointed out an article in New York magazine about how a graduate student had found “a major flaw in an influential 2010 economic paper by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth … Continue reading
DID TOOLS CHANGE MAN’S BODY? I am accustomed to think of Darwinian natural selection as reflecting the adaptation of a species to a changing natural environment. This article by Sarah Reardon in NewScientist reports on new evidence that evolution may … Continue reading
SMALL SAMPLES—ANOTHER PROBLEM WITH PUBLISHED ARTICLES. I have posted, for example here, about studies by John Ioannidis and others which find that about one third of frequently cited scientific papers turn out to be wrong. Among the reasons is a … Continue reading
TWIN STUDIES ARE NOT ABOUT TWINS. Annalisa, knowing my interests, gave me this link to a post about a famous set of identical twins. They were born in 1933 and separated at six months, with one being raised by his … Continue reading